A Unesco global education report released by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has revealed that India has made significant strides in the past 15 years, but remains far from reducing adult illiteracy. The report said that gross enrolment ratio in pre-primary education touched 58% in 2012, compared to 19% in 1999. Primary education net enrolment ratio reached 99% in 2012.
India has reduced its out-of-school children by over 90%. Globally 52% of countries including India achieved universal enrolment in primary education. India is predicted to be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls to boys in both primary and secondary education this year.